What I'd like to have in the near future: An Intel SSD and a GTX560Ti 448cores!
So having that said, let's move on to my intentions
I .. want to build up a very portable gaming rig. Yes I know I probably won't find something as slim as the Alienware x51, but I want to find something very close to that! I travel a lot back to my hometown (Trujillo) from time to time and the only thing I can take is my laptop and my 3DS, and my laptop over-heats with League of Legends =(
I've been away from the PC race for over 2 years (since I bought my first PC), and have no idea whatsoever about these form-factors. I know something called miniITX (?) exists, as well as microATX. I hope you guys don't find that annoying or bad, but I'm being totally honest: I have no idea how or what is needed to build a smaller PC, all I know is how to use your regular tower case.
So as a little summary: I need help building a very small and compact gaming rig, preferably with some of my current components. And of course, I don't want to spend $400+ without the new graphics card, so a range of $250-$350 would be cool.
Sorry for the long post, but as a non-native speaker I still find it hard to express myself with few words
2) Get a case. You'll want about 500W from your PSU, so your existing PSU will be fine. You just need a mITX case that can hold an ATX size PSU.
This case is almost perfect - holds 2 3.5" HDDs and can handle ATX PSUs. I think it can handle the GPU, but it doesn't say.
Otherwise there are several other cases from Lian Li and Silverstone that are great for mITX builds with ATX components. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3) SSD - The Intel 320 is a great drive. You can get an 80GB for $134.99 or a 120GB for $174.99
4) The 560Ti 448 runs about $250 but there are some rebates too. I recommend a good brand like EVGA, Asus, or MSI (in that order). Keep in mind your 500W PSU will probably be enough to run the GPU but won't be healthy for overclocks.
So in total:
Mobo - $130
Case - ~$70
SSD - $135
GPU - $250
Total - $585
You might be able to save if you can find some parts used local or online. Also, MicroATX boards are generally cheaper than mITX simply because it costs more to make it smaller. That would mean you could spend less on the board as well.
The Q08 can handle several hard drives, including a SSD. If the psu is overly long, the hard drive cage can be removed, so check that out.
There are several forums on building gaming rigs with the q08.
Woops, I forgot something guys! My i5 has an after-stock cooler!
I'm using it because my stock fan died out and the temperatures went up quite a bit I forgot since it gives me no trouble on my mid-sized tower.
It's the CoolerMaster Hyper TX3.
Looking at that miniITX mobo, it seems (and the possible reason there's only one out there, and from a brand I don't know anything of) it has a 50/50 review rate, with some very interesting flaws pointed out.
Thanks for the tip! It turns out that I just got pretty interested in that CPU, LOL! I have no problem on buying a cheap CPU/Mobo combo if it fits the needs! The components I leave hanging around would make a great start for my Dad's new PC, since I left him with my old lovely Pentium 3 (: using XP.
Would it be a lot of hassle to ask for the specific motherboards available for the 1155 socket at that size?
I have a Q08 sitting behind me. I haven't decided if I will make it a gamer, or just a backup case.
If you want something quite different, it comes in red anodized aluminum. Q08R I love it.
As to what ITX motherboard, it depends on your budget, and how strong your cpu needs to be.
Let me give you three levels:
1) G860 and a H61 based motherboard. This will approximate your i5-750 for gaming, but will not be as strong if you need 4 cores.
If you have a favorite brand, fine. But I think they are all good quality by now. One of the cheapest is foxcon http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I have not used them before, but Intel/asrock/asus/gigabyte are all probably ok.
I have built recently with asrock, asus, and ECS all of which worked fine. Many H61 motherboards may not provide 6gb sata or usb3.0. Certainly not overclocking which you can'r really do without a "K" cpu anyway. The H67 based motherboards may well include 6gb sata and usb3.0. You need to check.
Here is an asrock H67 with both. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
One needs to use a low profile downdraft type cooler in the Q08 so that the cooler does not impact the psu. The stock intel coolers should do fine since the sandy bridge 32nm cpu's run cooler. Ivy bridge at 22nm should do even better.
My question is why buy a new CPU/mobo for more than just a mobo? The G860 + H61/67 motherboard are going to cost at least $20 more than the 1156 motherboard from Zotac (who actually make decent mITX motherboards), and you're going to take a big performance hit in any multi-core/threaded application.
I think waiting for the new Ivy Bridge would be a nice idea!
I'd rather save some money to get a new graphics card than taking a hit from the CPU side.
I wonder how expensive that Asus p8Z77 mobo is going to be?
Thanks a lot for your ipunt guys, keep em' coming (: